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Saranac Lake, the little village that does

What brings a town together is its people, their passion, stories and unique talents. Saranac Lake is going through a renaissance that is subtle but dramatic at the same time. We (those who call the village “home”) are taking part in an evolution that will, I believe, result in a ...

Impaired driving crashes on state roadways

Last week’s article discussed Utah’s introduction of legislation, which, if passed, would lower the legal BAC limit for DWI from 0.08 to 0.05 in that state. This article explores a bit further into impaired driving and the profile of an impaired driver from the results of a study on ...

Bear gives birth in hibernation

The great local history stories come mostly from the pages of old copies of the Enterprise. Even shallow digs into history; local, national or world, one soon finds how much of it is not accurate. I love this quote I ran across in the forward of a book by Colum McCann: “No history is mute. ...

Repeal and replace Obamacare, 2.0

A while back, comedian Groucho Marx had a line that always got a laugh: “I wouldn’t want to join any organization that would accept me as a member.” It was funny because the circular reasoning was so illogical. There is a similar kind of illogical, circular reasoning going on in the ...

Take your time and move slowly through early season

In recent days, I’ve spent a good deal of time in the woods and on the waters. Despite the muddy trails and a few flash rainstorms, the spring season has remained relatively bugless to date. However, I expect combined crops of black flies and mosquitoes will soon be in the air. The ...

Pet peeves

The Adirondack Association of Lists and Labels recently divided pet owners into three groups. The first is CAO (Casual Animal Owners). “Casual” is an euphemism – “Careless” might be more appropriate. These are the people who like to have animals; they just don’t like to take ...

Fiesta theme could get out of hand

To the Editorial Board: Regarding your editorial about this year’s Winter Carnival theme, I would like to clarify that the majority of people who oppose the fiesta theme have nothing but sincere gratitude for all the hard work undertaken by the Winter Carnival Committee. The Winter ...

How NY cops prey on private property

Public funding of law enforcement agencies and the courts is meant to promote a fair and publicly accountable justice system. Yet more than 100 law enforcement agencies in New York state are undermining public trust as they rake in big bucks from the seizure and forfeiture of private property. ...

Stage Rats work the fringes of local theater scene

SARANAC LAKE — After Wednesday’s column about Adirondack Shakespeare Company, today I’m writing about an even newer theater troupe, which opens its second show tonight at BluSeed Studios. As a layman, it had seemed to me that there’s already a lot of community theater around here: ...

Screen Free Week

I feel sometimes that my family is in a constant battle over media. My husband and I feel our children are on the iPhone, computers, TVs too much. (I’m sure I’ve forgotten some device that I’m nagging them to put away.) My children feel we need to practice what we preach. I’m as ...

In defense of defense attorneys

As a criminal defense attorney, I sometimes have to defend the role I play in representing people accused of heinous crimes. Rapists, murderers and thieves — why defend these alleged miscreants? Why not just lock them up in prison and throw away the key? Or summarily execute them without a ...

Sprinkling a sex-changing chemical on our food?

As students at Paul Smith’s College in the environmental science program, we are inundated with environmental problems and case studies day after day. Rarely ever is one of them a success story in which the environmental aspects triumph and all is right in the end. This day-to-day battery of ...

‘Archangels’ blesses readers with passion for Adirondacks

I expected this anthology of essays to be informative — early explorers of the Adirondacks, efforts to preserve and educate, initiatives to maintain wilderness status and trails — which it certainly is. But I did not expect it to be so moving and full of passion as well as good humor and ...

Great plays done right in the Adirondacks

Traveling theater troupes are still alive and well. The Adirondack Shakespeare Company drives the backroads of northern New York to perform in small hamlets such as Upper Jay and North Creek, as well as somewhat larger venues in Saranac Lake and Saratoga Springs. They carry no sets and few ...

Much more to the story of Paul Smith’s Alumni Board

On April 28, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise’s staff writer Ben Gocker wrote an article titled “Alumni board infighting at Paul Smith’s College.” There were several points in this article that are misleading and not factual. Mr. Heller states in the article, “For decades, the ...

Making college tuition free is not a problem

The problem is getting agreement that tuition-free education is worth paying the additional taxes required. I think it is. There are numerous models of tuition-free education, all of which work with varying degrees of success. An obvious example of tuition-free education is the public ...

The Post-Standard of Syracuse on trans fats in food and health regulations

April 21 Score one for the “nanny state.” A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that New York City’s ban on trans fats in restaurant food led to fewer heart attacks and strokes, compared to places where there was no ban. The apparent success of this ...

Utah considering 0.05 BAC limit for DWI

Under calls that it will save lives, Utah legislators sent a bill to the state’s House floor in February to make Utah’s legal blood alcohol limit for driving the lowest in the nation. It was approved in March and will become law if the governor, who says he supports the law, approves it. ...

The rise of the generals

Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals? So it would seem. Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS. He spoke of getting out and staying out of the misbegotten Middle East ...